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30th May 2012

Best feet forward to stunning Rosedale Abbey!

Rosedale Abbey situated in the North York Moors National Park has recently become the first of the parks villages to be awarded the accreditation of "Walkers are Welcome" status under an innovative community scheme and as such hopes it will attract more locals and visitors to appreciate the area and all it has to offer.

Rosedale has a long history of iron stone mining which continued into the mid 19th century and was gradually replaced by farming and agriculture, creating what is now one of the most well visited and prettiest moorland villages in North Yorkshire. The tourism association has high expectations that this accolade will encourage visitors to explore some of the many picturesque walks in and around the area. It is also expected to bring in more trade for local shops and accommodation owners.

Ena Dent, chairman of the Tourism Association North Yorkshire, said: "This is an important step forward for Rosedale and its 38 businesses which benefit from the tourist industry. "We have a great wealth of walks around Rosedale and achieving Walkers are Welcome status will bring people to the village." The scheme will ensure that the footpaths and visitor areas are well maintained and that regeneration of the countryside continues to provide safe and enjoyable outside spaces for everyone to enjoy.